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In the process of developing online courses with instructors, we have constantly found that many instructors have a hard time translating the creative and interactive activities they have built for their face-to-face classes to an online learning context. Lacking a creative way to make the transition, some online instructors substitute these interactive learning activities with additional readings and formative assessments. Instructors’ reluctance
Educators, instructional designers, curriculum specialists: why create an online course that is ‘meh’ when it’s easy to create online lessons that are definitely “NOT MEH!” No matter what discipline you teach or design for, you want your content to be engaging, interactive and professional-looking. It also HAS to be accessible and employ a responsive-design so your content looks great on any device. These are not “nice-to-haves.” These are requirements! And you’re the one responsible for making it happen! So what is the secret to success?
Why do students fail or drop out of online courses? Many times, they're unprepared or have unrealistic expectations for what online learning really is. In this blog post Dena Coots will share her experience developing and implementing an online orientation for first-time online students and how it has impacted them and faculty at Alvin Community College in Texas.
This is the second of two blog posts, written by Lane Gunnels from South Louisiana Community College, discussing how education has evolved over the years and how the responsibility of the teacher has grown. Technology is a big part of both of these and the first post examined how technology is being incorporated into online education and key factors to consider when creating online content so that it is beneficial to both the student and teacher. This second post dives into finding appropriate OERs and how they have impacted students.